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Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

Your look ahead at Valley Arts

True blue collar: Bill Engvall, above, part of the successful "Blue Collar Comedy" genre, returns for two shows, 5, 8 p.m. Nov. 22, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton. Engvall's first album, "Here's Your Sign," was certified platinum and was No. 1 on the Billboard Comedy Chart for 15 straight weeks, peaked at No. 5 on Billboard's Current Country Album Chart and reached the Top 50 on Billboard's Top 200 Album Chart. The single of the same name was ranked No. 1 on Billboard's Country Singles Sales Chart for 10 weeks, reached the Top 30 on the Billboard's Singles Sales Chart, and achieved Gold status. His second CD, "Dork-Fish," was certified gold (500,000 copies) and was No. 1 on Billboard's Comedy Chart, surpassing Jerry Seinfeld's album. His following comedy albums debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Comedy Chart, including "15° Off Cool" and "Aged and Confused." Engvall's had several solo specials on Comedy Central, was host of "Country Fried Videos" and "Mobile Home Disasters" on CMT and starred in "Kiss at Pine Lake" on the Hallmark Channel. In 2013, Engvall competed on the 17th season of "Dancing with the Stars," where he made it to the finals, finishing fourth. Tickets: State Theatre Box Office, 453 Northampton St., Easton; statetheatre.org, 1-800-999-STATE, 610-252-3132

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Mommy dearest: Mary Owen, above right, as a young girl, with her mother Donna Reed, above left, speaks following a screening of "It's A Wonderful Life," 1 p.m. Nov. 22, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum (LVHM), 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown. The event opens the museum's annual holiday exhibits of model trains and antique toys. "It's A Wonderful Life," which starred Jimmy Stewart and was directed by Frank Capra, opened to mixed reviews and poor box office in 1946. Not until the film became an annual holiday television tradition in the late 1970s did it become a treasured American holiday classic. The American Film Institute has named it one of the 100 greatest American films ever made. Reed, born in 1921, appeared in more than 40 films and starred on TV's "The Donna Reed Show" (1958-'66). "It is an honor to host Ms. Owen at the museum," said Joseph Garrera, LVHM Executive Director. "Just in time for the holidays, we have the opportunity to revisit an inspirational holiday classic film and hear how making it affected the life of one of its stars." Information: lehighvalleyheritagemuseum.org, 610-435-1074

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